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  1. Contracts: 40%
  2. Construction: 25%
  3. Real Estate: 10%
  4. Gaming: 10%
  5. Other: 15%
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Principal & Chair of Hospitality, Travel & Tourism PracticeCairncross & Hempelmann, P.S.2006 - 2011
Vice President of Development and General CounselColumbia Hospitality2005 - 2006
PrincipalCairncross & Hempelmann2001 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Tourism AllianceMember2011 - Present
Hospitality Financial and Technology ProfessionalsMember2011 - Present
KidsQuest Children's MuseumBoard member2007 - Present
Urban Land InstituteMember2007 - Present
International Council of Shopping CentersMember2007 - Present
Oregon Lodging AssociationMember2006 - Present
Global Alliance of Hospitality AttorneysMember2006 - Present
Academy of Hospitality Industry AttorneysMember2005 - Present
Washington State Hotel & Lodging AssociationMember2002 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Woodland Park ZooBoard Member2005 - 2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1994
Pepperdine UniversityN/AB.S., magna cum laude1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Sales Presentation for Hyatt Team at the Grand Hyatt Seattle"Group Sales"2009
Informal Panel Discussion held by NEWH, Inc. Northwest, the Hospitality Industry Network"Thriving in the Recession"2009
Greater Puget Sound Chapter of Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals Monthly Meeting"Contracting 101 for People with Better Things to Do"2009
28th Annual International Association of Conference Centers Conference"Contracts Revealed: Understanding Your Event Contract"2009
Presentation to South Seattle Community College Business School Students"Anatomy of a Hospitality Practice"2008
Hospitality Construction Expo"Mixed-Use Components of Hospitality Development"2008
Buying & Selling Hotels, one-day workshop presented by Law Seminars International"Hotel Property Purchase & Sale"2008
Presentation for WSCMPI Monthly Meeting"Sales Contracts"2007
Presentation for Oregon Lodging Association Annual Conference"Contract Essentials — A Primer for the Lodging Industry"2007
"Ask the Experts" Presentation for Tri-County Lodging Association & Oregon Lodging Association"Business, Franchise & Employment Law"2007